Dawson Teague Jr.

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February 22, 1930-July 2, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Reverend Addison Dawson Teague, Jr. - priest, friend, father, musician, writer, movie-buff, and teller of jokes and stories - departed this life Wednesday morning, July 2, 2014. He was the son of the late Eleanor Wright Teague and Addison Dawson Teague of Augusta and a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd. He graduated from Richmond Academy and the University of Georgia before going to Virginia Theological Seminary from which he graduated in 1955. Fr. Teague was ordained to the priesthood in 1960 at Christ Church, Savannah. His early career in the area included assignments as Vicar to St. James Chapel in Pooler, and St. George's Mission in Savannah. He also served as interim rector at both Christ Church and Saint John's Church in Savannah. While there, he was instrumental in the reorganization of the Savannah Port Society and the building of the International Seamen's House. Ministry to seafarers was work Fr. Teague continued later in his career. He served aboard the international hospital ship HOPE as Protestant Chaplain twice in the early 70s on her missions in Brazil; from 1973-76 he was a member of the clergy staff of the Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) in New York City, helping with the outreach mission of the large maritime service agency from its headquarters in lower Manhattan. Fr. Teague served for a time in Athens as Episcopal Chaplain to students at the University of Georgia from 1961-65 at the Episcopal Center, and later served as interim rector for churches in Greensboro, Monroe and Winder. Fr. Teague's work then led him to the Diocese of New York, where, in addition to working with SCI he was an Assistant Rector at Grace Church of New York City and Christ Church, Tarrytown, 1976-77 and Rector of Zion Church, Dobbs Ferry from 1977-87. He is remembered at Zion for initiating a program to provide hats, coats and food to the homeless in New York City. Fr. Teague returned home to Augusta and the Diocese of Georgia in 1988 and served as Vicar at Grace Church, Sandersville, where he worked with the parish to construct a new building. He loved the people and the town and its surroundings and served there until 2008. After a peripatetic career that included ministries in the French Riviera and the Caribbean, Fr. Teague retired to his home on Richmond Ave. and attended the Good Shepherd, where he enjoyed the fellowship of the men's group there. He also led services at Christ Church, Augusta as often as he could. He was a proud and regular supporter of local Arts associations, the Augusta Historical Society and the Boy Scouts. Wherever he went, Father Teague made many friends that he held tightly in his heart. He is survived by his children Douglas Teague of Decatur, GA and his daughter Elizabeth Teague of Manteo, NC, her husband Stephen Thompson, and by his grandchildren Matthieu Thompson, Turner Thompson and Katherine Thompson. Graveside burial services for Fr. Teague will be at 10 AM, Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Summerville Cemetery in Augusta with the Very Rev. Robert D. Fain officiating. The family will celebrate his life with friends at a reception in the parish hall of the Church of the Good Shepherd immediately after the service. In lieu of flowers, the Teague's ask that people would consider contributing to the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia's Campaign for Congregational Development, 611 East Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401-1296, (912) 236-4279.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on July 6, 2014
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